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Kisling, Richard

Swiss, 1862 - 1917

Swiss collector Richard Kisling was the son of businessman Sebastian and his wife Maria Luise née Kambli. After schooling and internship in Genf he joined the family firm in 1886, taking it over completely at his father's death in 1908. Kisler began his art collection with the purchase of a painting by Max Robert Theynet in 1898. By the time of his death the collection numbered approximately 4000 items, with an emphasis on the modern including Ferdinand Hodler, Albert Trachsel, Cuno Amiet, Augusto and Giovanni Giacometti. In 1910 Kisler was nominated as president of the exhibition commission of the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft, a post he kept until his death. His collection was dispersed in 1929, first in private sales and then at auction at the Zurich gallery of Max G. Bollag.

Gloor, Lukas. Von Böcklin zu Cézanne: Die Rezeption des franszösischen Impressionismus in der deutschen Schweiz. Bern, 1986:134-135.
Volkart-Baumann, Silvia. Richard Kisling (1862-1917): Ein Schweizer Sammler und Kunstvermittler der Moderne. Ph.D. diss, University of Zurich, 2005.
Volkart, Silvia. Richard Kisling, 1862-1917 : Sammler, Mäzen und Kunstvermittler. Bern, 2008.
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